Celebrating 200 Years of Ricardian Trade Theory

Scientific Conference, May 12, 2017, Basel 

At this international conference, renowned professors in economics present, discuss and reflect on aspects of Ricardian trade theory that goes back to Chapter 7 “On Foreign Trade” in David Ricardo’s ground-breaking book On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation published in 1817. Keynote speakers present their thoughts on (1) the main contribution of Ricardian trade theory, (2) the environment and source of the original idea and (3) the importance of the Ricardian model for the new trade theory and empirical analyses. In (4) a final panel, experts in the field present their thoughts on the future development of trade theory in the light of current developments in societies and trade policy. There will be commentators in each session and enough time for discussion.

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Confirmed Active Participants

  • Prof. Harris Dellas (University of Berne)
  • Prof. Peter Egger (ETH)
  • Prof. Jonathan Eaton (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Prof. Wilfried J. Ethier (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Prof. Simon Evenett (University of St. Gallen)
  • Prof. Carsten Hefeker (University of Siegen)
  • Prof. Ronald W. Jones (University of Rochester)
  • Prof. Antonio Loprieno (University of Basel)
  • Prof. Estaban Rossi-Hansberg (Princeton University)
  • Prof. Roy J. Ruffin (University of Houston)
  • Prof. Nicolas Schmitt (Simon Fraser University)
  • Prof. M. Scott Taylor (University of Calgary)
  • Prof. Rolf Weder (University of Basel)


The registration to the conference is solely possible online via the link below. Please kindly note that due to the limited space everyone who wants to attend the conference must register. The registration is open until April, 19th. There are no fees or associated costs for the attendance of the conference. Note that we will send you a definitive confirmation shortly after your registration.



Paper Award

Young trade economists are encouraged to submit a paper on Ricardian trade theory that emphasizes a neglected issue or a new aspect. The winner of this award will be invited to present his or her idea at the conference (travel expenses will be paid). The program would be slightly adjusted. 

Submission Deadline: April 3, 2017

Please send your paper as a PDF to Prof. Rolf Weder (rolf.weder-at-unibas.ch).



                                             David Ricardo (1772-1823)







Letzte Änderung: 09.06.2017


Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Professur Aussenwirtschaft und Europäische Integration
Peter Merian-Weg 6
4002 Basel